Wednesday, November 29, 2006

5 prototypes we never saw ... 1 that was never really made.



The Apple Gazette published a great look at "5 Apple products that never made it" - all focusing on mobile or office communications.

One of the products (all taken from The Apple Museum website) was mentioned as the Apple PenLite - Apple's attempt at a tablet computer based on the PowerBook Duo line.

Here is the mention from the Apple Gazette website:



I wrote a book about the PowerBook Duo called, Think Duoffrent (sold over 5000 copies through my website, promotions, and eBay) ... so I feel I can speak on this particular item with confidence.

The Apple PenLite was never actually a real product for testing or prototyping ... that picture was simply a Duo with the screen detached and turned over. Although the Duo was the most prototyped of any Apple computer ... it was also most of the guts of the Paladin. (pictured at the top of this post)

I also wanted to add:

The PowerBop (mentioned in the article) was not a prototype. It was sold in France for a few years. There was some sort of cellphone called BiBop -- that was sold by France Telecom before GSM existed there. Apple developed The PowerBop with France Telecom and sold it there. It was merely a replacement for the internal modem card.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Tale Of Two Companies ...


I'm working on a new feature story called, "A Tale Of Two Companies" ... to be be posted soon. It involves finder's fees for company equipment.

The good: Pitney-Bowes
The bad: Charter Cable

I should have it up by the end of the week.

Stay tuned...

The ZuneScene Forum ... reminds me of a Mac Forum

The ZuneScene forums


This forum, on the Zune (Microsoft) website reminds me of a lot of Mac Forums that are completely biased about everything Apple.

This forum thread is titled: Some theories about Innovation, Quality and the Zune...and Apple

Here's my favorite quote pulled from this forum thread:

[Macs] Used to be industry standard. Not any more. Many of the companies that produced software to do the things you stated are now making and selling more software on the PC side. Video editing and control is ever more dominated by the PC, photo editing is almost 99% PC now, and the music industry has all but given up on the Mac. They are finding out that PCs run faster at less costs to buy and maintain. Many reviews have come out lately with the Mac intel switch and bootcamp showing that even with native Intel apps on the Mac, Windows XP will run many tasks faster than OSx will on the same exact hardware. PCs are by and far the standard for main stream education and business purposes.


I particularly love the line ... "...photo editing is almost 99% PC now

As a matter of fact, I think Apple has grown the most market share as of late in the area where it was already a dominant player - the photo and video editing industry.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Law passed making an iPhone legal



... legal on any GSM Network* that is.

A law was passed yesterday stating that it is within the rights of a customer who owns a phone to unlock said cellphone for use on a competitor's network.

Read the ruling here: Lawmakers Make Software Unlocking of Cellphones Legal

See this related FixYourThinking article:

"How to get out of a cell phone contract so you can get an iPhone!"

Also see this wikihow entry that I helped create:

How To Get Out Of A Cellular Service Contract

* GSM Netorks are the most common in Europe and Asia. US GSM providers include: Cingular, T-Mobile, & SunCom

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy ...

Happy
Thanksgiving!


I am very thankful for all of my regular readers (and newcomers) ... and "every now and thens". I am also thankful for those that agree and those that disagree with my opinions here.

Journalism and blogs only become intelligent when one person is seen as a dummy ... be that the reader, the writer, or the person being written about.

They're claiming what?

MacRumors tipped readers to a new company with a very "1998 template looking" website called Eneco. Eneco is claiming that they have developed a chip that turns heat into energy. Certainly a revolutionary concept ... but nothing special. But the real claim to fame Eneco makes in the article below is that the chip has a 30% efficiency. Now, my understanding of physics/thermodynamics is very minimal but from what I know ... 30% is a bold claim and is nearly as efficient as high grade gasoline. If this were true, this would truly be the invention of the decade, if not the century as it would have many many applications such as more efficient automoblies. More importantly though, are the applications for increasing the efficiency of alternative fuel sources such as solar photovoltaic and bio fuels/ fuel cells.

Eneco is said to be in talks with Apple Computer about the technology.

Chip produces *energy from heat at 30% efficiency

Energy promises really scare me because it's the buzz word of the moment. Energy this ... Energy that. The energy and energy efficiency business is one of the most corrupt and questionable businesses out there ... if any of you are smart and know the full history of this website, you'll know how I know that first hand.

Those funny negatives!


Here's a negative comment I found on an eBay seller's feedback last night:

[Buyer] Great Packaging and very fast shipping. Packaging could have been better.

Reply by [seller]: Okay now...how could "Great packaging" get any better?

eBay really needs to do something with the way people are allowed to leave negatives. Maybe like an AI (artificial intelligence) that would prevent things like this. This was meant to be a positive I'm sure.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

If this doesn't convince you ... then you might just be one

Last week I asserted that Apple seems to be targeting the "androgenous" in their latest print and web ads for the iPod Shuffle.

Last night a new TV spot aired (it's really cool) ... if this doesn't convince you that the target is transexuals, transvestites, or the androgenous ... then you might actually be one of the three and not self aware.

This is a very creative twist on the old Micheal Jackson Black or White video - where the morphing technology was first showcased on TV and would later be used in Terminator 2.

Michael Jackson - Black or White


* Fast forward in the YouTube video to 3:35

Monday, November 20, 2006

Tips For Buying Apple Stuff This Friday:

Here's a few tips to get the best deals this coming "Black Friday" & for the Christmas Shopping Season. Using all or even some of these tips could save you more than 15% on Apple Computer purchases - items that are rarely, if ever, discounted!

1) Sign up for a MyPoints account at www.mypoints.com

2) Once signed up, use the Apple Store affiliate link from the My Points website to earn 2 points per dollar spent / ie a MacBook for $1500 would earn you 3000 points which is equivalent to $25.

3) If you are signed up for VISA extras (and you have a VISA based debit card) you can earn Visa Extras points (typically 2 per dollar)

4) If you have it use your Paypal Debit Card (which earns you 1.5% back). If you link a checking account with it, such as a Wachovia account and sign up for VISA extras here's what will occur when you purchase from the Apple Store online:

1) Link from MyPoints website
2) Find Apple Product of your choice
3) Add to Cart
4) Pay with Paypal Debit Card that is linked to a checking account as a backup funding source.
5) Paypal will use whatever balance you have in your Paypal account, then debit your checking account as if you used your debit card
6) You will earn 1.5% from MyPoints, 1.5% from Paypal, 1.5% from VISA extras


If you live in South Carolina or have a family member living in South Carolina this coming weekend is completely tax free. The Apple Store will reflect this and you will not be charged sales tax. This could = greater than $75 in savings. This would make even shipping it to you in another state valuable - if you have a relative or friend in South Carolina that you can have your purchases delivered to!

Other ways to save at the Apple Store:

1) Most Apple retail stores will be running specials ... the Apple Retail stores have typically run 10% off sales on "Black Friday"

2) Check eBay for gift certificates - last year I bought several $100 and $500 gift cards from eBay sellers that didn't want them for $87 and $460 respectively.

3) Note any and all rewards programs and make sure you know by which means you receive those rewards. For instance, PayPal rewards you for using your debit card in a CREDIT type transaction, whereas Wachovia rewards VISA EXTRAS for using your card as a debit.

4) If shopping with a smaller reseller ask for a cash discount and pay with cash.

5) Note that stores like Best Buy and Circuit City often have printable coupons that do not exclude Apple Computers (but usually exclude iPods) - Some Best Buy and some Circuit City locations in the US carry Apple Computers. Best Buy also has a rewards program that is essentially the same as above and earns you points towards gift cards and merchandise.

6) CompUSA stores have had 10% off sales in the past and some are opening at 11:59PM Thanksgiving Day!

7) Amazon.com often has rebates on Apple computers.

8) Make sure you remember to check the Special Deals section at APPLE.COM

* If you have any tips please feel free to add them to the comments for us all to share. Thanks!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Don't say the name of this place 3 times fast!

While perusing the MacRumors forums concerning a recent tip that Apple is currently in production of the Apple iPhone, MacRumors "updated with this information":

[UPDATE] According to another report in the China Times (summarized by AppleInsider), Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn will begin pumping out 500,000 to 600,000 units per month from its Fushikang manufacturing facility beginning in February. The 'iPhone' is also detailed to include a 2 megapixel camera. ThinkSecret has previously reported that the phone will sport a 3 megapixel camera.


The Fushikang manufacturing facility - don't say that too fast!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More Zune Bashing

Unless anything absolutely necessary to report comes out, this will be my last Zune post for a while. First, feast your eyes on the top of the Zune box. This is an actual picture. Wel-come indeed! This instantly reminded me of the hillarious YouTube video where Microsoft designed an iPod box.





A MacRumors forum member named Jupiter came up with this great commercial idea:

I would love Apple to come up with an iPod Ad campaign similar to to the "Get a Mac" TV ads.

Imagine this:

Zune (in a brown suit of course): Hello I'm a Zune

iPod: and I'm an iPod

iPod: so whats that you're playing with?

Zune (throwing up a ball and catching it again): oh this is a new song I just downloaded from the zune marketplace, it's really popular at the moment.

iPod: Congratulations, I can see you're enjoying it.

Zune: Oh it's not just me watch this:

(2nd Zune walks onto the screen)

Zune: Excuse me, mind if I zune this song to you?

Zune 2: Yeah sure, go ahead.

(Zune throws ball to Zune 2 who then starts throwing it up and catching it.)

iPod: Wow thats really cool.

Zune: I know, we're great buddies.

(Zune 2 throws up the ball for the third time, but it does not come back down again.)

iPod: Wait, what happened?

Zune: Oh he's only allowed it for a little while.

(Zune 2 walks off with a sad expression)

iPod: So what happend to the song?

(ball falls and hits Zune on the head)

iPod: Oh, right.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Joke O' The Day



An Office Depot manager said the following to me:

There's obviously something up with a product if there is a non working Demo on display

Then he asked me to spell "iPod"

I said "I-P-O-D"

He said, "Now spell Zune"

I said, "Z-U-N-E"

He said, "No, it's spelled "I-P-O-S"

Everyone has been saying it's similar to the iPod - I think this spelling is the only similarity.

Apple Settles Over ADC Displays


* picture courtesy of ENgadget

Apple Settles Over 17" ADC LCD Display Problems In Australian Market

This will be added to the FixYourThinking Reference Section:

Your Rights, The Law, & Litigation

Wrong Yesterday Wrong Today Wrong Tomorrow



I just got through watching a segment on the Today Show on NBC highlighting the launch of the Microsoft Zune.

First of all, I thought journalists were suppose to reveal their affiliations with any product if such an affiliation exists. Microsoft owns a stake in NBC ie MSNBC News Network.

* The Today show also hosts its content on the MSNBC website

* A comment corrected me with a link to a YouTube video showing that Matt Lauer DID in fact mention the Microsoft NBC affiliation - I think my local news interupted right as he said that so I didn't see it. I still see the piece as biased and unethically reported, particularly with the 4G iPod




Second, all the side by side product comparisons showed 4th Gen iPods with monochrome screens with no song selected or playing, while the Zune was playing a video.

The other product comparison was to an iPod Mini.

I know that NBC has "OTHER" stock iPod footage to show - what about the Oprah/Bono press event showing off the (PRODUCT) red iPod Nano?

This isn't the first time NBC has misled its morning viewers with puff pieces about the Zune.

The only advantage offered for the iPod in this quasi press release was that the iPod had 1.5 million more titles in it's song library. What they failed to mention is that the iPod's advantage is getting those additional 1.5 million titles in a much better software interface with less restrictions- the iTunes Music Store.

Related:

Louderback: The Louder Mouth On The Today Show

Engadget: Installing The Zune Sucked!

* It was also mentioned that the iPod had sold 67 million units ... but didn't mention that Apple is expected to sell 20 million this holiday season, whereas the Zune is expected to sell less than 2 million IN A 1 YEAR PERIOD!

Monday, November 13, 2006

A Digg Fraud Campaign For The Zune?


* Photo courtesy of SCIFI.COM blogs


Digg Fraud Campaign Pushing Zune News?

This wouldn't be the first time I have suspected fraud behind one of the "it sites of the moment" Digg. I believe there is a lot of this going on at Digg. I also have a big feeling that Digg developers and webmasters are behind part of it as well.

Daniel Eran, Roughly Drafted writer and investigator in the piece linked has slowly but surely become my Daring Fireball/John Gruber replacement.

It is my personal opinion that Microsoft is playing very dirty with the marketing of the Zune - using several media outlets as pawns for "untruthful news" and statistics.

I'm also a bit disappointed that iPod accessory makers jumped so quickly onto the zune bandwagon without showing any loyalty to Apple whatsoever. I don't blame them for trying to expand their market and profits, but the Zune in my opinion will be such a failure that any product design and even graphic design for box art and packaging will be break even at best.

Related:

A Not So Honest Survey Result

What Happens Near Vegas ...

Reno Apple Store burglarized

The Summit Sierra Apple Store in Reno, NV was robbed early Sunday morning. Thieves smashed a window with a rock and managed to make off with $7000 worth of computers and iPods. Store surveillance cameras caught the robbery on tape. The police are still looking for the two suspects. They are described as Caucasian or Asian males in their teens or early twenties.

Police are asking anyone with info to call the anonymous tips line at 775-322-4900.


Here's a thought ... what if all Apple Store demo units had the script that used was used against an Apple repair facility secretively last week installed on them. I'm sure you could have the script be activated if the wifi signal picked up any other network than the Apple Store where the product was being sold.

Just a thought.

Related:

Flikr page of exploited MacBook iSight pics

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I've found the secret to LOST

I wanted to post this because I really think I've figured it out and I can only hope that this is how the TV Show LOST will play out.

Here is a post I made to a forum discussing this season's episodes:

I have an idea that the island is actually Atlantis (remember the 3 toed statue & now the fact that the islands may be invisible) - being covered up by the government. The interesting thing is that the magnetism of the "crash site island" may have been interupted and it is possibly visible now.

I suspect the black smoke is something similar to "the id monster" from Forbidden Planet and possibly the undoing of the original Atlantis inhabitants just as they were on Valarathon 4 in Forbidden Planet.

ALL of the backstories are tied together - there is a calculated reason why almost every person from the plane is there. It is my belief that there is a plant at the Australian airport where they departed that places people intentionally on planes and the planes are intentionally routed over the islands.

The back stories are all very important. What great writing each of them has been, aye? Ana Lucia (killed off) is tied to Jack's father, which is central for the reason Jack was in Australia. Eko (also killed) is there to add drama - ie introduce the polar bear and explain that the cage that Sawyer is in + explain some of the monster noises. It also shows that possibly the smoke monster is a hallucination and ties that into drugs and the supernatural - but my suspicion is that it's real. (see above)



The Hanso Foudation is more of a web phenonmenon to get interest in searching the web to find out clues about the show ... there are dozens of websites registered by Disney/ABC. Just type "Hanso" into Google and see what I mean. You have to have a lot of time on your hands, but you'll discover that Hanso - is A) a bureaucratic paper trail for a government cover up of military technology B) Still known to the government and NOT a failed psychological experiment

Now, what does a paper trail and the word Hanso remind you of? Hansel and Gretl perhaps and a bread crumb trail?

A Not So Honest Survey Result

As reported by The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

... According to Blogging Stocks, ABI mentions only that it compared the picture of the Zune to "other competitive media players," with no specific mention that the iPod was actually given as an option.

... The fact that Apple essentially has control over the MP3 player market combined with early reports from multiple tech journalists that the Zune is flawed in more ways than one, led many to believe that perhaps the ABI hadn't been truly upfront when conducting their survey and reporting the results. I too would choose a Zune over, say, a Creative device; it would probably be a neat little device to hack; but that doesn't mean that I, nor likely 80% of the population would choose the brown device from Redmond over our beloved iPods.


I would also like to know if they asked 1000 people in different regions of the country (supposedly the only true way of conducting a fair survey)

Remember ABi is also the company that perpetuates the FUD of Apple marketshare - confusing the less insightful of financial analysts and computer industry pundits to say Apple has insignificant market share - when the figures ABI publishes are simply quarterly sales share. The word marketshare implies total penetration, which I have always asumed is actually somewhere slightly above 11% worldwide.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cingular: Having to dial area code prefix as of last week

If any of you live in the southern part of the US and have Cingular wireless you may have noticed that sometime last week you started getting a message that says, "You must first dial the area code and then the number in order to make this call" or "Your call cannot be completed as dialed"

Well, as some of you may know BellSouth owns Cingular. Until recently, before the merger of AT&T wireless and Cingular were complete, Cingular strictly relied on cell tower to cell tower transmission of all of its calls. Starting on October 25th, Cingular starting using VOIP in conjunction with their cell service to ease traffic and reduce cost. This means that when you call now, you connect with a cell tower that connects to an "internet terminal computer" and this transfers your call over broadband land lines for most of the journey.

Just as you have to use the 10 digit number (with area code included) within Skype or say Charter telephone, you must also dial the area code now with ALL Cingular calls.

It's a real hassle to have to go in and add the area code to the 100's of local contacts I have. I just thought I would give you a heads up if you've been getting this message.

Vote!

Please
Vote!


If you live in the USA - please take the time to vote - you have no excuse not to!

The iPod Shuffle: Targeting The She-Male In Advertising?



I saw this advertisement on the front page of the APPLE.COM website. I think it's kind of hard to tell the gender of the "human being" wearing the newly released iPod Shuffle.

Also, why did they clip it like that with the "she-male's" shirt bundled up like that?

I liked the "jacket or jeans" picture better.



Yet still ... the gender of the wearer is unknown.

I got an email from a friend that said the top picture is "definitely a female".

Here's a link to one of the MyDreamApp Judge's profile page - this could very easily be him.

Austin Sarner - MyDreamApp Judge

Monday, November 06, 2006

Apple Extends PowerMac G5 Power Supply Replacement Program


November 6 2006 Apple extends PowerMac G5 Power Supply Replacement program

This information was added to the Fix Your Thinking Recalls & Safety Warnings Page

Affected systems will exhibit one of the following power-related symptoms:
* System will not start up after the power button is pressed
* No LED activity

Note: If your Power Mac G5 is not experiencing any of these symptoms, you do not have to contact Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The affected Power Mac G5 computers have serial numbers where the first 5 digits fall into the ranges noted below. The Power Mac G5 computer's serial number is located inside the case directly below the air deflector, along with other configuration information.
Serial Number Ranges
CK539xxxxxx - CK608xxxxxx
G8539xxxxxx - G8608xxxxxx
YM539xxxxxx - YM608xxxxxx
RM539xxxxxx - RM608xxxxx

Profits Low At Symantec; Virus Threat Hyped ... Again

As some of you may be aware Symantec released a press document at the beginning of the weekend claiming that a new virus threat could strike Mac OS X users called OSX.macarena

Amit Singh writes a very balanced response to this news

Here is a good summary by MacFixIt on the issue:

OSX.macarena a non threat/non issue

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Walmart not at all part of WalmartWatch.com's agenda?


As reported by The Unofficial Apple Weblog:

Wal-Mart Watch, an independent organization that keeps tabs on what Wal-Mart is up to, isn't happy that Apple is considering a partnership with the big W.

Recall, if you will, that Wal-Mart wasn't so happy about the iTunes Store potentially biting into their share of the movie business. The solution? Buy a coupon for that download at Wal-Mart and everyone wins (at least according to the possible partnership).

Wal-Mart Watch wants you to tell Steve not to enter into a deal with Wal-Mart. They have created a page contrasting the two company's, and Wal-Mart doesn't do so well.

I, personally, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart but I know I'm in the minority there. Let your voice be heard!


I personally love to shop at Walmart - low prices, clean stores, everything I want with the exception of ... not enough Apple Computers ... make that ... no Apple Computers. They do carry Apple Front Row Remotes though!

Friday, November 03, 2006

MyDreamApp: Rigged From The Beginning



A new post appeared on the MyDreamApp website last night. Apparently Philip Ryu (MyDreamApp organizer) is a bit ticked off by some commentary that a copycat website has put up. Read the post then my followup commentary.

They Say Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery...
October 31st, 2006 at 10:40pm • Posted by Phillip Ryu
[Philip Ryu] My Dream Windows App has just opened its doors, created by one Stefan Miganowicz of Leominster, Massachusetts. Stefan praises My Dream App as his source of inspiration, and gives “kudos to MyDreamApp for pioneering an innovative way to bring applications to market”, then immediately rips into the creativity of the Macintosh community, calling our submissions“second rate and unsatisfactory garbage”:

[From MyDreamWindowsApp] “We have created this site to show the Mac users how a community application should be designed, built and distributed. I say we start this community from scratch; no pre-selected biased judges, no emotional absurdity… just real ideas that actually have a possibility of usefulness to the sane human being.”

[Philip Ryu] Well, Stefan, I certainly would like to point out that we were about providing something cool and new to the Mac community, and not about showing the Windows community “how to do it”, but hey, we each have our own motives, right?




I vied for a spot to be a guest blogger judge and got beat out by the heavyweights like Daring Fireball's John Gruber. Personally, I'm glad I didn't get the honors. I would be embarassed by the finalists that were chosen. If anyone interviewed me and asked me what I thought of the competition, here would be my response:


IT WAS RIGGED!!

It's almost blatant it seems. Seriously, it looks like to me that the 3 most easy to program, most already overdone niche ideas were chosen. I find it hard to believe that any of the judges actually had input into the finalists - especially seeing what got chosen - a Cookbook/Grocery shopping app ... a screensaver application ... a syncing app that is nothing short of iSync w/ Eye Candy. Nothing new, nothing innovative, nothing that more than a niche is going to be interested in ... but definitely all three are easy to code.

The contest was rife with cheating - some contestants paid for votes, some contestants ran bots for votes, some contestants actually campaigned within their workplaces for votes. I wouldn't be surprised if some contestants gave a BJ to some of the judges. Philip Ryu allowed some "member" called "statmonkey" to bash contestants with meaningless statistics and forum quotes and promote others. This was nothing short of the Presidential election debacle in 2000 with the major networks reporting that Gore had won prematurely, using exit poll estimates and quotes from Democratic election officials while at the same time demeaning Republicans and not giving meaningful statistics like actual results!

But the catch is that a lot of innovative apps weren't chosen to begin with and even more interesting is that the truly innovative apps that were chosen (but possibly difficult to code) were thrown out in the first two rounds.

I honestly don't see why more Mac blogs aren't pointing this out and or calling this out.

[UPDATE] As of this post MYDREAMWINDOWSAPP.COM is not responding:



* Editor notes: Note that the message here isn't to be misunderstood that Philip Ryu, the contest organizer, rigged My Dream App - I think it was a combination of manipulation between contestants and judges and very poor execution for choosing apps and eliminating them from competition.

A little navigation assistance through the recent iPhone information


MacRumors reports the following:

Latest On Apple's Phone: Cingular Out, MVNO In?

Cingular officially announced its new mobile music service, deciding to partner with Microsoft, Napster, Yahoo! Music, XM Satellite Radio and eMusic for a subscription-based service model.

Many have seen this event as an essential death-sentence to the rumor that Apple would be launching the 'iPhone' as Cingular-only initially. However, the possibility still exists that Apple could operate as a "mobile virtual network operator" (MVNO) on Cingular's network.

Early this year it was discovered that Apple was seeking RF engineers with EDGE experience (EDGE is a relatively high-bandwidth mobile network for GSM carriers such as Cingular). Around the same time, Apple acquired a large datacenter in California that was originally designed for MCI WorldCom.

A release date concerning Apple's phone has notoriously been a moving target for rumor sites to pin down. The latest consensus has appeared to pin down early 2007 with an introduction perhaps at MacWorld San Francisco, however some unconfirmed rumblings from MacRumors sources have been indicating that a spring release may also be in the cards.


I made a comment in the forums associated with this topic:

TCMCAM said: "Cingular is not the only GSM carrier in the USA.

T-Mobile is pretty big too. They have just purchased a ton of bandwidth for new high-speed services.

Remember the T-Mobile CEO saying "we have a similar vision as Apple" ?

That's why Cingular went with Microsoft, they know they didn't win over Apple. So, this is most likely going to be a T-Mobile partnership (whose corporate parent has a HUGE presence in Europe)."


FixYourThinking reply:
T-Mobile is actually pretty small when compared with the top 3:

Cingular
Verizon
Sprint/Nextel

The top 3 comprise 78% of cell phones in the country.

I doubt the comments from the T-Mobile CEO had much to do with the decision.

Cingular is currently is the only major carrier that does not have an MVNO based on it's lines. (As far as I know)

Verizon has Alltel & Virgin Mobile

Sprint has some Virgin Mobile, some TraCphone, & other prepaid offerings

AT&T wireless used to have SunCom as an MVNO, but when they merged with Cingular they went independent - putting up their own towers and leasing some towers from Cingular.

It's my opinion that Apple will be a Cingular based MVNO and that the phone will work on TMobile and SunCom - but just won't be supported - just like Cingular phones are now. IE - I can buy a TMobile Sidekick on eBay and use it on Cingular, I just don't have the same plan or all features available to me.


The only alliance that I see Apple may have with T-Mobile is that Danger - which makes the semi-exclusive T-Mobile SideKick has Steve Wozniak as an investor.

Now, you can look at that coincidence from two angles:

1) It's just something Woz saw promise in
2) He's been there (at Danger) as a technology partner/development partner for Danger all along to be able to assist Apple first hand with their own Phone efforts. A plant, if you will.

Personally, I see the iPhone as being something very very similar to a Sidekick ... but better.

Thursday, November 02, 2006